Review of recent observations and theories of star formation in molecular clouds. Discussion of the different stages and the physical processes involved in the formation of stars and planets. Special attention will be paid to the formation and evolution of circumstellar accretion disks, and the origin of giant and earth-like planets in those disks. Comparison of the composition of gas and grains in molecular clouds and disks with primitive solar system objects, comets and meteorites will be made, including recent results from the Deep Impact and Stardust missions.
Handouts of lecture notes.
Form of examination
Oral (by appointment) + optional presentation
BSc course Radiative processes (stralingsprocessen)
Lecturer: Prof.dr. E.F. (Ewine) van Dishoeck
See the course website